Physics Faculty
Daniel Robbins Assistant Professor 

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My field of research is highenergy theoretical physics. I study the
structures that arise in quantum field theory, especially conformal
field theory, and in string theory. The goal which drives much of my
research program is to understand the "space of consistent theories".
Many questions stem from this goal: Given some way of describing a
class of theories, how can we determine which examples are
selfconsistent? What are the relationships between different classes
of theories? What can these quantum consistency conditions tell us
about the laws which govern our universe? String theory, besides being the most promising candidate for a consistent quantum theory of gravity, is also a rich source of quantum field theory constructions relevant to the questions above. My research investigates these ideas and looks for connections among them and to other areas of physics and mathematics. 

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT
Professor Goyal has published a paper proposing that identical quantum 'particles' manifest a new kind of complementaritya complementarity of persistence and nonpersistence. The paper, and a fourminute video abstract, are available here.
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STUDENT SUCCESS
In March 2015 graduate student Yuri Chervonyi received an award for the best student talk at the Great Lakes Strings Conference. Yuri's talk was based on this paper.
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